The trial is part of a three-year, €66 million ($85.6 million) project called 100-GET (100 Gbit/s Carrier-Grade Ethernet Transport Technologies) that's being coordinated by Celtic Telecommunications Solutions.
This looks like a pretty interesting initiative, and some big names are involved, including ADVA Optical Networking , Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU), and Nokia Networks , as well as Deutsche Telekom and Ericsson.
But there are plenty of other organizations involved too, such as the Berlin-based Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz-Institute, which focuses on telecom and multimedia technology research.
The main focus of the project is on "Ethernet-based transport networks using low cost 100GbE transponders," and prototypes that can "identify the most powerful technology options for 100-GigE transport."
To achieve this the project has been split into five sub-projects:
That's plenty for the vendor and carrier research teams to get their teeth into for the next couple of years, for sure. We'll be keeping an eye on developments from 100-GET as the projects develop into further field trials.
— Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading